Police Officer Herman Youngst

Police Officer Herman Youngst

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 11, 1901

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Herman Youngst

Police Officer Herman Youngst and Police Officer John James were shot and killed by a suspect seeking revenge for being arrested the previous day.

As the officers were on their patrol the man grabbed a shotgun and shouted at the officers. As Officer James approached him the man shot him. As Officer Youngst attempted to take cover he was also shot. The suspect then went over to Officer Youngst and struck him with the shotgun.

Officer James, who was wounded in the street, was able to return fire and kill the suspect before succumbing to his wounds.

Officer Youngst was a Confederate Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Houston Police Department for 28 years. He was survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 7
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I was doing some digging and this is my great, great grandfather! How cool to have someone with such a historic background in your family tree!

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